Edo state Deputy Governor,Rt Hon Philip Shaibu has disclosed that the present administration in the state has been busy with the development of a workable master plan (blueprint) for the overall development of the state.
Shaibu who stated this in his address at a two-day workshop on Sports development which started in Benin on Monday, explained that the strategic planning unit of the government house saddled with the responsibility of re-positioning and refocusing the ministries and agencies of government towards an evolving new Edo is working round the clock.
According to him, the reconstitution of the state cabinet and appointment of other top government functionaries have to wait until the strategic unit completes its assignment. The unit is headed by the immediate past Secretary to the Stste Government, Prof Juliius Ihonvhere.
He explained further that Governor Godwin Obaseki wants to run a responsible and responsive government with clear cut understanding and definition of duties and roles for all appointees.
“Mr Governor wants to prepare the ground for who ever is coming in as commissioners and others. They will have a clear mandate as they will all be handed a file containing the direction to follow as a product of the verious workshops put together by government.”
The Deputy Governor who represented the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki at the workshop explained that the two day workshop was aimed at identifying the issues in sports administration, financing, promotion and facilities with a view to finding lasting solutions to them. “I am sure we will find the best model to be adopted to change the narratives in the state sports industry with the calibre of the chairman Mr Segun Odegbami and members of the summit .”
“we are looking to going back to developing sports from the grass roots through school Sports development. If we have mini stadia in all the eighteen Local governments in the state with social activities going, youths are engaged meaningfully, the state economy will boom and the state will be better for it. Everybody wants Bendel Insurance to be at the premiership level, our athletes to represent Nigeria at Olympics,Commonwealth and more, but how do we achieve all of that because government can not do it alone. So, private participation is necessary. Where are the companies? Would they want to invest in what would not profitable them? These are the issues expected to addressed by this workshop.However, government is determined to creat the enabling environment for Sports and business to thrive, “. Shaibu explained.
The workshop with the theme ‘Repositioning Sports In Edo state ‘ had Mr Shegun Odegbami as chairman of summit with many other notable superstars and legends as members.
Speaking, the chairman Chief Segun Odegbami assured the state government that his committee would do a thorough job with comprehensive report.
He expressed confidence that Edo will be better with the initiative of the Governor.
He appealed to the state government to as a matter of importance revive the Ogbe Hard Court and Bendel Insurance FC ,saying that Bendel Insurance FC is not just a football club but a movement of Edo people .
Chief Odegbami blamed the decline in sports enthusiasm and development in the country on removal of Physical and Health Education from school curriculum.
“Sports is about health and fitness. Sports is about preparing our children for healthy citizenry for the nation. Sports is not only about winning laurels. Só, those who introduced it in our schools knew what they were doing while those of us who removed it did not know what they were doing “. He reaches.